- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 28, 2018

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) - Amtrak’s Downeaster won’t be running this summer to Rockland, Maine.

Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority Patricia Quinn said Wednesday that Amtrak was unable to put all of the pieces together, including crew qualifying and a risk assessment of 58 miles of track between Brunswick and Rockland.

That means there won’t be a pilot program on three weekends this summer.

But Quinn said she isn’t giving up on the idea. The goal is to complete the qualifying and assessments this year and launch the pilot program next summer.

The passenger rail service started between Boston and Portland, Maine, in December 2001. Service expanded northward to Freeport and Brunswick in November 2012.


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide